[ sim-plis-i-tee ]
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noun,plural sim·plic·i·ties.
  1. the state, quality, or an instance of being simple.

  2. freedom from complexity, intricacy, or division into parts: an organism of great simplicity.

  1. absence of luxury, pretentiousness, ornament, etc.; plainness: a life of simplicity.

  2. freedom from deceit or guile; sincerity; artlessness; naturalness: a simplicity of manner.

  3. lack of mental acuteness or shrewdness: Politics is not a field for simplicity about human nature.

Origin of simplicity

1325–75; Middle English simplicite (<Old French simplicité) <Latin simplicitās simpleness, equivalent to simplici- (stem of simplex) simplex + -tās-ty2

Other words for simplicity

Other words from simplicity

  • non·sim·plic·i·ty, noun, plural non·sim·plic·i·ties.
  • o·ver·sim·plic·i·ty, noun
  • su·per·sim·plic·i·ty, noun

Words Nearby simplicity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use simplicity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for simplicity


/ (sɪmˈplɪsɪtɪ) /

  1. the quality or condition of being simple

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